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We never really knew each other, but thanks to the incredibly weird ways of the Internet, I feel like I hung out with him a lot over the past five years. The enthusiasm and humor he brought to talking about video games made Giant Bomb my favorite gaming website. He had a plain-spoken, fun-loving, and just plain genuine personality that continues to serve as an inspiration for how come across like a real person on the Internet.
It's sad that he's gone, but it has been great to see the outpouring of kind words from his friends, even those who only knew him second-hand from podcasts and videos. It's a nice reminder that you can make a difference to people you may never actually meet. Few people are lucky enough to leave such a thing behind as a part of their legacy. Fewer still can claim a litany of hilariously-dumb sight gags as another part of their legacy.
There's not much else to say. Thanks, Ryan.